CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It’s been a week since Kyle Shanahan and the Browns decided it’d be best if he took his talents elsewhere but the search for his replacement doesn’t appear to be nearing a conclusion any time soon.
At least 9 names have been linked to the Browns since Shanahan’s departure but head coach Mike Pettine is in no rush to make a decision so quickly without turning over every stone imaginable.
While it would be easy to say that the Browns constant turnover is the reason for the amount of time the search may or may not take, it is not reality. With his first coordinator lasting less than a full calendar year, Pettine wants to make sure he gets this hire right. That is why interviews are expected to continue with candidates next week at the Senior Bowl.
Former Bears coach Marc Trestman interviewed Wednesday and Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is scheduled to interview on Friday for the job. Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, Jets assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn, Bills senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler, Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders and current tight ends coach Brian Angelichio have also been linked to the job.
The Browns interviewed Chan Gaily earlier this week but he is likely headed to New York to become Todd Bowles new offensive coordinator with the Jets according to multiple reports. Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan is also likely off the market after receiving a new contract from Dallas. He took over play-calling duties from Callahan, who reportedly will end up in Washington as their offensive line coach, last season.
As expected, Thursday receivers coach Mike McDaniel and the Browns mutually parted ways and it’s expected that he’ll reunite with Shanahan.
Shanahan has been linked to offensive coordinator openings in St. Louis, Atlanta and Thursday morning rumblings surfaced that he’d be a lead candidate to replace Gary Kubiak in Baltimore should he leave for the Bronco’s head coaching job.
While the Browns search might appear to fit the same narrative of last year’s head coaching search that no one wants the job and the team will have to settle for whoever they can get to take it, that is not true.
Pettine is not going to settle and he will take his time to ensure that he doesn’t.